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Rossi FKS 140 XXL vs Salomon STH2 WTR 16

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Simple question. I have a brand new pair of 2015 Blizzard Cochise 177cm wanting a binding. I have brand new pair of Dalbello Fusion 26 mondo. I am a 5'9" 165lb aggressive skier maximum air 10ft. Which binding do I pick?

Rossignol FKS 140 XXL or Salomon STH2 WTR 16 ?????
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Both good. Pick the one you can get the best deal on. And don't think you want a 115 brake on a 107 ski. Get the 105 and bend it 2 mm. 

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Simple question. I have a brand new pair of 2015 Blizzard Cochise 177cm wanting a binding. I have brand new pair of Dalbello Fusion 26 mondo. I am a 5'9" 165lb aggressive skier maximum air 10ft. Which binding do I pick?

Rossignol FKS 140 XXL or Salomon STH2 WTR 16 ?????

The Orange FKS 140 looks awesome on the ski especially compared to the green Sth2 16. Both bindings are good and both are the same price, so it is simple as which one looks better. 

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Both good. Pick the one you can get the best deal on. And don't think you want a 115 brake on a 107 ski. Get the 105 and bend it 2 mm. 

it is a 95mm or 115mm for the Pivot and 100mm or 115mm for the Sally..the 115mm is the better choice for a 108mm ski. 

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Both are good bindings.  I would personally go with a 110-115 brake size on a 107 ski.  the way the skis fit together for carry has bugged me in binding brakes that have been bent out to fit the ski width.  I have never noticed the wider brake affecting turning.  I am loyal to salomons but have been considering rossi fks 120s for my wife's skis.  the salomon sth2 13s would work for you too...

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Simple advice....thanks! The 2015 salomon sth2 WTR 16 has changed color to yellow and black, but orange would still be the bomb!
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So although many websites are showing the Salomon as looking yellow and describing it as yellow, it is actually more of a lime green color. I went and checked it out at a shop over lunch today. Bad ass looking binding for sure.
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Originally Posted by bobbyj View Post

Simple question. I have a brand new pair of 2015 Blizzard Cochise 177cm wanting a binding. I have brand new pair of Dalbello Fusion 26 mondo. I am a 5'9" 165lb aggressive skier maximum air 10ft. Which binding do I pick?

Rossignol FKS 140 XXL or Salomon STH2 WTR 16 ?????

The Orange FKS 140 looks awesome on the ski especially compared to the green Sth2 16. Both bindings are good and both are the same price, so it is simple as which one looks better. 

More BSL range on the STH's? If the ski might be switched between users or sold some day. 

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Between my son, my daughter and I we have six pairs of either 180 and 187 Bonafides being skied, as well as a couple of pairs of Cochise, and a pair of Brahma's. Son and I have a 305 BSL, daughter is a 292. Son is normally a 14 DIN, I'm a 12, daughter's a 10-11.  I have a pair of of Brahma's mounted with Look P-18's, as well as a pair of Bonafide's, and a pair with STH2 WTR 16's. My son has all metal 916's, our the Steel STH16 on all of his skis. My daughter has a pair of STH2 WTR 13's, a pair of STH2 WTR 16's, and a pair of P-18's. They're both adults, former NCAA/NorAm racers, and on snow "a lot." Both have escaped New England, at least for a few years. 

 

Bottom line is that you will not go wrong with either binding. I've been skiing on all metal Solly 916's, and either FKS Rossi's or P-18 Look's for many years. I have been very pleased with the newer WTR Solly's. I've probably skied them 70 days, and have come out a few times…..only when I should have. They make for a very solid connection to the ski, and the toe has great travel. I also like the nice solid click-in. And they are lighter than the 916.  I have seen ZERO downside to the new binding. 

 

My preference for the Look has always been that they {at least in my mind} have enable the ski to flex as it should. I mount mine on a 4mm race lift, regardless of the ski. Kind of a minimalist binding that is super reliable. They also JUST WORK! The green Look looks pretty sweet on my Brahma's, BTW, if you're into color. No so coordinated with my older Bonafides. My Cochise have the blue WTR's, as do my newer Bonafides. 

 

What I've settled on is that I prefer the Solly in deeper snow, and in situations where putting a ski back on might be a pain in the neck. Just seems easier for me to click back in, if I'm an any real boot deep or deeper snow. The Look seems to take a bit more finesse. So all of my skis that are 100mm+ are mounted with Solly's. So are my son's and daughters. That includes a lot of Nordica and Blizz skis. If I don't have my sole perfectly clear of snow or ice, I still feel real solid in the Solly. I'll click them off and clean off the boot sole when I'm down on the flat{ter}.

 

I'm splitting hairs, here. Other than a few skis with system bindings {some Heads, Nordica EDT}, or a bunch of Head race skis with Head/Tyrolia and Volkl race with Markers, we've used the Look/Rossi or Solly's with great results. Between the three of us 3000+ ski days?  My daughter was a Rossi athlete for many years, skied an awful lot of DH and SG, and never had a pre-release. 

 

Great products that simply deliver…...

 

As Old Goat mentions, the heel travel on the WTR is the most in the business, if that's of interest. I seriously thin either's a great choice. 

 

Some Look P-18's listed on the gear forum at a very good price, BTW {not mine}

 

And yeah, the new lime green and black STH2 16 is bad ass looking! 


Edited by Muleski - 1/7/15 at 8:16pm
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Thread Starter 
Thank you Muleski. That is a super helpful response. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. The sales guy at the shop today said the same thing about possible slight issue clicking back in with the Rossi/ Look in deep snow. Frankly the solly just looks more solid and sure footed. I've been skiing Marker Jester recently and Rossingnol axial 2 before that. Both have served me well. However, since I have ditched my Volkl fan club status in favor of Blizzard and have also converted to a cabrio boot design I figure I may as well keep it rolling with a new binding. The STH seems to be a great choice. Plus the color matches my Dalbello's. wink.gif
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